Betting On The Brooklyn vs Cleveland NBA Match Up

Posted by Eric Williams on March 30, 2016 in

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to bounce back from their humbling loss against Houston on Tuesday night while extracting some revenge against a lowly Brooklyn Nets ballclub that also spanked them one week ago exactly. Now, let’s find out if the Cavs will get their revenge. Find out the updated NBA online betting odds here.

Betting On The Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Match Up

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WFAN, WTAM 1100 / 100.7 WMMS / 87.7 FM (ESP), SiriusXM NBA
Live Stream: NBA Stream

Why Bet the Brooklyn Nets

The Nets (21-53 SU, 7-36-1 ATS) have lost two straight and got absolutely crushed in their 139-105 loss against Orlando on Tuesday night while never coming close to covering the spread as an 8-point road underdog. Still, the Nets look like they’ll at least have a chance to get the win seeing as how they’ve won two of their last four games, including their 104-95 win over the Cavs last Thursday.

Brooklyn limited the Cavs to an awful 10-for-38 shooting mark from beyond the arc while forcing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into a combined 11-for-36 shooting performance. The bad news is that the Nets are just 7-29 SU on the road this season.

Why Bet the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland (52-22 SU, 32-39-3 ATS) has some big problems going on right now, having lost three of their last six games, including their 106-100 loss against Houston on Tuesday night in which they blew a whopping 20-point lead. Over their last 10 games, the Cavs have also lost to Utah by nine points, the Miami Heat by 21, the Nets by nine. LeBron James scored 30 points against the Nets but went scoreless in the fourth quarter while the Cavs were limited to just a dozen points in the final quarter.

“Tonight we took a step back, and we can’t afford to do that late in the season like this,” James said following that loss.

The Cavs are now looking to rest their veteran players as they get set for the postseason, but clearly there are problems in Cleveland right now. The Cavs are no longer the defensive team they were under former head coach David Blatt and they’ve still got chemistry problems as evidenced by this quote following Tuesday’s loss against the Rockets. Former all-star power forward Kevin Love went scoreless in the fourth quarter and attempted only one shot. He voiced his displeasure afterward.

“I don’t think I got the touches inside,” Love said of his fourth quarter. He also passed on at least one open 3-point shot late in the game with the Cavs trailing. “They were doubling me and sending another guy from the top. We had to play the kick outs and look for different guys to make plays.”

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Expert Score and Final Prediction

While the Cavs are struggling right now, I like them to get the win against a Nets team that has absolutely nothing left to play for. First and foremost, LeBron James should be reenergized after sitting out Tuesday’s loss against Houston and secondly, James will undoubtedly want to get revenge for last week’s stunning loss to the Nets.

The Nets are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings against the Cavaliers and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games against the Cavs. However, the home team in this series is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings and Brooklyn is 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. If the spread for this contest goes over, let’s say…eight points, I say back the Nets to cover!

My final score prediction is Cleveland 108 Brooklyn 100